'Gaudy Night' - by Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley
Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley
Gaudy Night, 2018
Digital Print on Somerset Photo Satin 300gsm
42 x 59 cm
Edition of 50Mary Reid Kelley, in collaboration with her partner, Patrick Kelley, combines painting, performance and a distinctive, wordplay rich poetry to make polemically graphic and stylised videos. A First World War soldier, a grisette in revolutionary Paris, the Minotaur–Kelly resurrects different characters from the past, each of which embodies a certain set of time–specific ideas. Her historical tableaux discuss dilemmas of mortality, sex and estrangement, all navigated by characters who converse in punning dialogue. This situates the work at the junction of the comic and the tragic.
An astonishing drag act, the female artist pretending to be a male sailor pretending to be a female burlesque performer, with huge pointy breasts fashioned from metal funnels (bought from the Kelleys’ prime prop store, Home Depot). Patrick lurks in the background, playing an accordion.
Location: , United Kingdom
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